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Things that really annoy me: "It's not like this in other parts of… 
22nd-Jan-2008 01:25 pm
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Things that really annoy me: "It's not like this in other parts of the country. A little ice isn't anything! Why can't you guys deal with it?"

We get weather like this once or twice a year, for a day or two at a time. It's a clusterfuck because we don't have to deal with it often, and don't have the equipment and infrastructure to deal with it. We didn't grow up driving in this. We didn't grow up dressing for this. And if you faffing grew up here (which the latest in the "it's not like this elsewhere, get over it" chorus did) then you fracking know this already. So stow it, okay?
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22nd-Jan-2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
I started complaining about 40 degrees being cold either two years back or three years back. If you don't own a winter coat because you do not need one most winters, it is probably going to seem cold at 40!

If your entire area has six snowplows and can't salt the roads because of environmental concerns, then snowy roads are probably going to be impassable!

Though I do still giggle at them closing schools not because it's snowing but because it snowed for half an hour around 4am. :)
22nd-Jan-2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yup, I get mighty sick of hearing that too.

17 degrees seems bitter cold here, because that doesn't happen often. (I'll take a 95 degree summer day instead, thanks.)

Plows cost money to buy and a lot more money to maintain, not to mention a lot of money to keep drivers on hand. You can't plow every neighborhood street in a Southern city with the snowplows you keep on hand for the one day you have significant winter weather in two years.

Salt costs money, and it costs a lot more money to put it down. We're not talking about a hundred pounds to do a neighborhood, after all.

In the end, it costs a lot less money to shut down for that day or two, than to keep the infrastructure in place to keep from having to shut down.


Peace,

--me


who has a part of him which is mightily entertained every time I see the bump screens on the TV news where they have the camera out by the road in the snow, and you get a glimpse of some redneck in a pickup truck being the one pulling some yuppie out of a ditch...

22nd-Jan-2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
*stands up and claps*
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